Find Function in Frame and a possible alternative

Subject: Find Function in Frame and a possible alternative
From: Brian Martin <bmartin -at- NMO -dot- GTEGSC -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 1997 11:12:44 -0800

You are right.

There is no search and replace feature for entire books. However, if you are
desperate to make a number of search and replaces on a regular basis consider
saving your frame files as mif. You could then creating a script that searches
the files and replaces various strings of text. Scripts are essentially text
files that work as UNIX commands to open file x, search/replace string, save x.
This is not necessarily simple stuff if you're not used to it (I'm still not).
You'll need either a UNIX primer or expert advice. You'll also want to become
familiear with UNIX text editor such as vi. Then you open your files again in
Frame and save them normally.

I admit it is sometimes a hassle not to be able to search and replace
throughout an entire book. On a Frame file level, you can search and replace an
amazing number of things. UNIX allows you to use much more than standard
wildcards also.

If you find search and replacing is frequent, maybe you need to consider using
variables more often, starting from when you begin to write your document. In
fact, don't replace words with words. Replace words with variables if possible
by cutting the variable to the clipboard and using that as the replace string.

Hope this helps.



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